Time To Die by Caroline Mitchell 


Well… Where do I begin?!
Time To Die is my fourth read for Bookouture Thriller Week, which ends today! I’ve already read and loved Caroline’s first DC Jennifer Knight book Don’t Turn Around, my review of which you can read here!



About the book:

Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.

He will reveal your most shameful secrets.

He will predict your death.

He is hiding a secret.

He is hiding a monster.

And all his predictions come true.

Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.


My thoughts:

I loved Don’t Turn Around and I couldn’t see how Caroline could write a better book in the series. How wrong was I!!!! Time To Die is absolutely fantastic. It is full of suspense, mystery and some very chilling scenes.

I’m usually not creeped out when I read books, but to be honest for parts of this book I was glad the light was on and that my husband was next to me! 😂 Towards the end of the book in particular, when I started hearing random noises in our bedroom while I was finishing the book, my heart was pounding. I was genuinely freaked out.

The Raven is one of the eeriest characters I’ve come upon in books for a long time. The prophecies he relays to the intended victims all have roots in their past, and when he tells them their future they are almost incredulous. Much to his annoyance. The chapters in the mind of The Raven are some of the spookiest, most atmospheric pieces of writing I’ve read in a long time. I feel I should add I don’t read horror/suspense books normally so I don’t have a lot to compare it to but I was 100% freaked out by this book.

Caroline has a wonderful way of crafting her books to give the maximum impact when it comes to the final reveals. In my opinion, her twists are some of the best I’ve read in this type of writing genre. I would happily keep reading the DC Knight series for as long as Caroline writes them!

I thoroughly enjoyed Time To Die. I read it at every spare opportunity as I was dying to see what was going to happen to the characters. I admit if I stopped on a chapter in The Ravens voice I was more than a little apprehensive to pick up reading as I was afraid of what he would have to say for himself.

I remember watching Hitchcock’s The Birds when I was small (too small if you ask me!!!) and this book is its bookish equivalent in my opinion. The Birds in the movie are the villains, and I think birds are ominous at the best of times for me, so the Ravens really made me feel uneasy.

I’m really glad I got around to reading Time To Die. It was one book I won’t forget in a hurry, and you can be damn sure I won’t be making eye contact with birds any time soon!!! 😂😂😂

I gave Time To Die a well deserved 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on Goodreads!

Happy reading! 😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 5

Your ‘comfort’ book…

Posts like this one is where i have a problem! 

I read books, I read a lot of books. I have never willingly re-read a book. I have never loved a book so entirely that I felt compelled to read it again and again. 

The only book/books I have ever contemplated re-reading are the Harry Potter series. And even then, it’s a long way off. 

The comfort I find with books is that you can read anywhere nowadays with the help of e-readers, mobile apps and so on. 

  
I’m never without a book, whether it’s on my kindle app on my phone, my Kindle itself or a physical book. In fact, I make sure whatever handbag I’m using has room for a book at all times! I don’t buy small bags as they don’t fit a normal sized paperback! 

The following quote sums it up for me. I buy books, happily, willingly, and fairly often (almost daily, but shhhhhhhh 😂). Reading a book for me is almost like an escape, which is comfort in itself. 

  

Do you have a comfort book? 

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while so once I heard Bookouture were doing Thriller Week I figured I’d add it to my list! This is the 3rd book I’ve read from the 8 thrillers on their Thriller Week post. 2 days to read the other 5! Eeeeeek! 😂

I need to be realistic and admit I won’t get them all read but it’s still a challenge all the same!

Anywho, off on a tangent as usual! Back to matters at hand… The Girl With No Past…

About the book:

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.
But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?
Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

My thoughts: 

I genuinely don’t know where to begin with this review. I essentially read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down and snatched any opportunity to read when I could!

Leah lives a fairly solitary life, living on her own and holding down a job in a library. Her only solace is found online in chat rooms where nobody knows her or what has happened in her life.

Through the chat room, Leah meets Julian. Meeting him gives Leah hope for a new life. Sufficed to say all does not go according to plan (that is not a spoiler!!!) for her.

This book is thrilling and engrossing beyond words. I was hooked from the first few pages. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading once I started!!!

Kathryn Croft has expertly crafted Leah’s story so that it is full of suspense. I had no idea what Leah’s past actually was! I kept thinking I had it figured out and then something else would be said that would throw me off completely.

Essentially, the past was teenage misadventure gone horrifically wrong. In my opinion, it was completely unforseeable until the very time it was explained. I was totally shocked, but I also felt sorry for Leah at having to bear the brunt of everything.

I wholeheartedly loved this book. I am so glad I finally got around to reading it. It was an easy, and well deserved 5 ⭐️ rating on Goodreads from me! I’d highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already!!!

Happy reading 😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 4

Book turned into a movie and completely desecrated…

I’ve had a hard time trying to think of a book to movie adaptation that I thought wasn’t great. I asked on Twitter and looked at “worst adaptations” lists to see if any of it jogged my memory. In fairness, we rarely watch movies in our house anymore so I was drawing a blank! 

So with that, my selection is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. 

  

I loved this book when I read it. It was full of mystery, and twists and turns. It also gave me the ability to recognise the Fibonacci Sequence, which is a skill in itself and anyone who knows me knows Maths and numbers are not my thing!!!!! 😄
  
The movie, on the other hand, was ridiculous. Tom Hanks was not a great choice to play Langdon, and don’t even get me started on Audrey Tatou. I just found the movie intensely irritating. What I loved about the book, was missing for me in the film. 

That being said, I did like Paul Bettany’s portrayal of the character. That was pretty much it though. 

I guess I’m limited with what I can choose, as I don’t read the classics so I can’t comment on Emma, Pride And Predjudice el al! 

What would your choice for worst adaptation be?! 

24 Hours by Claire Seeber


Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of this book.

I’m (trying!!!) to participate in Bookouture Thriller week and 24 Hours is my second read out of the 8 books on the list!


About the book: 

Here today. Dead tomorrow?

My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.

Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.

Before he finds out I’m still alive.

My thoughts:

I’ve literally just finished reading 24 Hours so I needed to write the review ASAP! I’m annoyed it took me three days to read but that’s beside the point!

24 Hours is a fantastic thriller. It’s set in alternating chapters, Then and Now, which really adds to the suspense. Laurie is on the run in the aftermath of the hotel fire. She has her suspicions as to who is at fault. On top of that, her daughter is not where she should be.

I found myself rooting for Laurie. Willing her on, hoping that she would find her daughter. Wishing that her husband/soon to be ex-husband would just go away as he was completely self centred and arrogant in all matters except towards his daughter.

There are some wonderful characters in 24 Hours. Enter Mal, pretty sure it’s short for Malicious (not really, obviously!) and his spurned wife. My god, these two were just mad. Clearly they had their own stuff going on, parallel to Laurie and Sid’s escalating situation!

I don’t want to give anything away in terms of plot. There were so many twists and turns and red herrings that I wasn’t expecting the truth when it came. I was surprised and shocked!!

I gave 24 Hours 4⭐️  on Goodreads!

Happy reading 😊📖

30 Day Book Challenge- Day 3

The longest book I have read…

There are a few books I have read that fall into this category. So I’m going to list my top 5 books in no particular order.

  
At 771 pages, The Goldfinch was painfully long as I didn’t enjoy the book.

  
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes was a pick for book club this year. Again, I didn’t enjoy this book and it was a looooooong 892 pages to read!!!

  
I read GOT at the beginning of my 2014 Reading Challenge and I haven’t picked up one of Martin’s books since as it slowed my reading down. This book took me 3 weeks and was 835 pages long.

  
Another ridiculously long book from my 2013 Reading Challenge, Needful Things by Stephen King. 933 pages. 

  

This HP* book has 766 pages. And every one was a pleasure to read! What a surprise! 😂

*I promise I won’t keep mentioning Harry Potter in all of these posts 😉

What’s the longest book you have read?! 😊📖

30 Day Book Challenge- Day 2

Favourite Side Character…

I have been racking my brain all day trying to think of my favourite side character. My problem is that I can’t pick just one. There are so many that I enjoyed. 

I’m going to have to Top Three it…

In no particular order, the first of my favourites..

Ron Weasley 

  

By far one of my all time favourites, Ron (Won-Won) has some of the wittiest lines in the books. He adds the light comedy when it’s needed the most. It also helps, that Rupert Grint grew up well! 😉

  
Next up, it’s got to be Hermione Granger (sensing a theme here?! 😄)

  
One of my all time best quotes from Hermione is, when chastising Harry and Ron, she says “I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could have been all killed — or worse, expelled.” It just sums up her bookish attitude  completely! 😂

Last, but by no means least, another HP gem. 

Molly Weasley

  

She is just so fierce and loyal to those she loves. Also, THAT duel with Bellatrix Lestrange! 🙌🏻

So there you have it, my favourite side character(s!!!!) 😂 

Who are yours?!